NBC’s ‘The Voice’ vs. ABC’s ‘American Idol’: On Monday Night, It Was No Contest

Mar 20, 2018  •  Post A Comment

In a battle between two prime-time broadcast singing competition programs Monday, the clear winner was NBC’s “The Voice,” which delivered a 2.3 average rating in the key demo along with 10.670 million total viewers, based on Nielsen preliminary Fast National data, which includes DVR playback through 3 a.m.

ABC’s “American Idol” settled for a 1.6 average in the key demo of adults 18-49, along with 7.742 million total viewers, The Futon Critic reports. The total viewer number was only good enough for third place Monday night among broadcast programs, and second place on “Idol’s” own network, as ABC’s “The Good Doctor” delivered 9.128 million total viewers — while also matching “Idol’s” 1.6 in the demo.

For prime time overall, NBC finished first in total viewers (8.538 million) and first in the 18-49 demo (1.8 average rating), with ABC second in both metrics (8.204 million viewers and a 1.6 in 18-49). CBS was third in viewers with 5.105 million and tied with Fox for third in the demo with 0.8 average ratings. Fox had 3.731 million total viewers to hold down fourth place in the measure.


  1. I do not like to ponder or suggest this, but would ABC be better off with getting rid of Seacrest and bringing back the other guy?

  2. Why did ABC decide the air “American Idol”, when the “Voice” airs on Monday? American Idol would have more viewers on Monday, if it wasn’t airing opposite the “Voice”, another singing competition show. Wait until the live voting begins, and viewers can only watch one show live (while DVRing the other, for later viewing).

  3. Love, Love, Love The Voice!!

  4. The selection process has not provided American Idol with the best quality candidates and seems to be going down the last couple of seasons. Even more concerning was the “Disneyfication” of the show; which makes it hard to even watch or perhaps just change the channel!

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